WHO IS AMERICA’S NEXT TOP HITMAKER?


One musician or band will appear in Rolling Stone, win $10,000, and perform at Rolling Stone's Future of Music showcase in Austin, Texas.

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Rolling Stone is the unrivaled industry leader and one of the most iconic brands of our time—reaching a global audience of over 60 million people every month with cutting-edge multi-platform content. Staying true to its mission to tell exceptional stories that illuminate the culture of our times, Rolling Stone is the authority for music reviews, hard-hitting political commentary, and award-winning journalism.

Take The Stage

Future of Music Showcase

This annual concert series brings the pages of Rolling Stone to life and honors the artists shaping the music of tomorrow—it is Rolling Stone’s commitment to bring you what's new, what's next, and what's moving culture forward. America’s Next Top Hitmaker will take the stage alongside other musical legends in Austin, Texas. 

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Founded in 2002, the Gibson Foundation, now Gibson Gives, is committed to introducing, inspiring, and amplifying the power of music through guitars across all generations, genres, and genders.



MusiCares

This competition proudly supports MusiCares. Offering preventive, emergency, and recovery programs, MusiCares is a safety net supporting the health and welfare of the music community. In 2023, MusiCares launched Humans of Hip Hop (H3) to provide resources tailored to the needs of the hip-hop community.


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CHARITY AMBASSADOR

Busta Rhymes

This year's champion will receive an exclusive mentoring session from music industry icon, Busta Rhymes. As a pioneer MusiCares' Humans of Hip Hop ambassador, Busta's support will help amplify and bolster efforts to expand reach and impact in the hip-hop community. The legendary artist recently debuted his album, Blockbusta, at No. 10 on the hip-hop album charts—the rapper’s 10th top-ten studio album.

Ready To Rock?

Calling all music creators. Take your career to the next level
with $10,000 cash, a coveted spot in Rolling Stone magazine,
and the performance of a lifetime!

Learn from the Experts

Exclusive Workshops

Creating the next big hit takes more than just luck. Competitors will access exclusive workshops curated by music professionals to provide tips and tricks to get ahead in the industry and possibly become America’s Next Top Hitmaker.

Industry Pro

Joseph Wooten

Joseph Allen Wooten's entire life has been about the music. This three-time Grammy-nominated keyboardist, writer, and producer is one of five Wooten brothers, all of whom are professional musicians. Since 1993, Wooten has played keys for the legendary Steve Miller Band. Competitors will access an exclusive interview with Wooten to learn industry-insider tips.

Industry Pro

Trey Bruce

Emmy Award Winner, Songwriter and Producer Trey Bruce is an industry veteran with an extensive resume that includes 16 ASCAP Awards, successful artist development, and a body of work that spans multiple genres. Bruce will share advice with competitors to help them achieve their music career dreams.

Industry Insider

Greg Potter

Greg Potter has been traversing the industry for nearly two decades producing music commercially for brands like the Ford Motor Company and Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spas. With a background working for not-for-profit performance-rights organization, ASCAP, Potter will share his experience in navigating music licensing and performing rights.

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